Barry Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, believes the union with WBC champion Tyson Fury can certainly be the next based on the current situation.
Boxing is currently on the shelf for the most part, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to play.
In the current climate, Matchroom’s founders see Joshua vs Fury as the only cash cows that are worthy of the fight to generate huge income.
But Joshua was contracted to make a compulsory defense of Kubrat Pulev. And Fury was contracted to face Deontay Wilder in a trilogy fight.
Neither Wilder or Pulev won’t move.
Barry Hearn believes the Fury-Wilder trilogy will lose millions – and he believes Joshua-Pulev will also have great success without a fan presence.
“Do you want to Tyson Fury against Wilder on the terms agreed and signed on the previous contract? Answer? No way. Just bloody, the fight isn’t big enough. Number one, too much money. Number two, where’s the income? Number three, can Bob Arum, the various camps and promoters be able to do it? Don’t listen to that nonsense. It’s impossible, “Barry Hearn told IFL TV.
“The fight was a great fight, it was contracted, but realistically, did everyone get paid? Then you found Pulev vs AJ. Without a direct gate, it would be a very low fight for the fighters. Do they both accept that they will make money? much less? Does that make the fight less attractive? Maybe that applies to both of them.
“Perhaps a better agreement is to say to Pulev and Wilder, ‘we will pay you to sit behind you and wait for the outcome of the battle [between Joshua and Fury] with a guarantee of getting the next fight, it might look interesting. When you put it all together, one fight that you know you can sell for a lot of money, where everyone is paid, more than their previous fight, is Joshua vs Fury.
“What about throwing the dice, Tyson Fury thinks he can defeat Joshua, Joshua thinks he can beat Fury. They both know that they will get more money from that fight than any other fight. And it’s relatively easy to put it together, and not there is a danger of people not being paid. That makes sense. “